Many individuals experience the painful symptoms of arthritis in their daily lives. However, there are some ways to relieve these symptoms and its called Reflexology!!
What is Arthritis?
- Arthritis is a joint condition that involves inflammation and pain. There are over 100 different categories of arthritis, but the main two are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- “Osteoarthritis (OA), the most common form of arthritis, is a progressive degenerative joint disease characterized by the breakdown of joint cartilage associated with risk factors, such as overweight/obesity, history of joint injury and age.”
- “Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), a systemic disease characterized by the inflammation of the membranes lining the joint, which causes pain, stiffness, warmth, swelling and sometimes severe joint damage.” It is also thought to be associated with autoimmune disorders.
What is Reflexology and how does it help?
“Reflexology is a system of massage used to relieve tension and treat illness, based on the theory that there are reflex points on the feet, hands, and head linked to every part of the body.” These specific points associate with different systems of the body and organs. Thus, when you put pressure on these points, it can affect certain spots and alleviate the stress.
Proof- There has been research done to show the benefits of Reflexology.
This particular article regarded how reflexology can reduce fatigue in individuals with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Their research shows how, over and over, Reflexology reduced the fatigue for these individuals.
Otter, S. (2010). The Effects of Reflexology in Reducing the Symptoms of Fatigue in People with Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Preliminary Study. Journal Of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, 16(12), 1251-1252.
The next article discusses the relief of pain or arthritis in the hands. It says that they use the kidney reflex area of the hands to help the kidneys get rid of the waste toxins in the body. They also use the adrenal reflex area to help with the inflammation. It really works. The rest of the article is interesting to read and provides much more useful information Reflexology.
KUNZ, B., & KUNZ, K. (2011). Hand Reflexology. Targeting Stress, Back Pain, Carpal Tunnel, Arthritis. Massage & Bodywork, 26(4), 42-51.
https://www.arthritis.org- The majority of the information was provided by this website.